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West Virginia Independence Hall

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150th Anniversary of West Virginia statehood day at Independence Hall Wheeling,WV.

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HCAP Wheeling Introduction to Independence Hall Video

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WestVirginia@150 - West Virginia Statehood 1863

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Wheeling independence hall

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Independence Hall - DanTraveling

West Virginia Independence Hall is a historic government building at 1528 Market Street in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. It was built in 1860 under the supervision of architect Ammi B. Young for the federal government as a custom house, post office, and courthouse. It is architecturally significant for its innovative uses of wrought iron as a framing material, and is historically significant for its role in the American Civil War. it housed the Wheeling Convention (1861) as well as the West Virginia Constitutional Convention (1863), which resulted in the separation of West Virginia from Virginia. The building was originally built as the custom house for the Western District of Virginia and later became the center of government for the Restored Government of Virginia from 1861 to 1863. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1988. The building is now a state-run museum, housing exhibits on West Virginia history.
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